Meet the Executive Team
Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director, JSGS
As JSGS executive director, Kathleen's current research interests focus on digital government, climate policy and energy. She is currently embarking on a research program looking at the impact of social media on policy processes, the public sector and governance. In addition, she is examining the potential of integrated digital strategies (web, mobile, social media) to improve public engagement.
Kathleen regularly facilitates workshops for the school's executive training program. She also teaches various public policy courses at the school including policy analysis, advanced policy analysis, program evaluation and gender based analysis. She has recently been published in such academic journals as Governance, Energy Policy, Internet and Policy, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Journal of Political Sciences.
Phone: (306) 585-4759
For more information on Dr. McNutt, please visit her profile page.
Jeremy Rayner, Director, JSGS U of S campus
Jeremy Rayner ‘s main areas of specialization in public policy include theories of the policy process (especially policy learning and policy change), policy analysis, governance, resource policy, energy policy and environmental policy. His research currently focuses on governance arrangements for complex policy problems, especially at the intersection of forests, climate change and energy. As chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime from 2009-2011, he was responsible for editing and contributing to the panel’s assessment report, and co-authoring and presenting the panel’s policy brief to the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in January 2011. Rayner continues to work in the area of international forest governance, including a capacity building project in south east Asia and a European-sponsored research group on “forests+”. In the Genome Canada funded VALGEN project, co-led by JSGS colleague Peter Phillips, he is the theme leader for “democratic engagement” research, working on the influence of public consultations around biofuels on policy development. With Kathleen McNutt (JSGS Regina campus) he is working on the concept of nodality in network governance.
Phone: (306) 966-2215
For more information on Dr. Rayner, please visit his profile page.
Giselle Marcotte, Director, Outreach & Training
Prior to joining the JSGS, Giselle Marcotte worked for the Government of Saskatchewan, focusing her efforts mainly on First Nations and Métis policy, including social, health, education, governance, employment and business development, as well as Northern social and economic development. Since 1995, she assumed various leadership roles and evolving senior management positions within government, from senior policy analyst, director, executive director, acting assistant deputy minister, to her most recent corporate-wide position as executive assistant with Executive Council.
Giselle has also served in a number of policy and research capacities for such organizations as the Aboriginal Women’s Council of Saskatchewan, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and the Rupert’s Land Research Centre at the University of Winnipeg. She also contributed to the final report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Phone: (306) 585-5409
For more information on Ms. Marcotte, please visit her profile page.